Benin-France/ Events. Orléans-Parakou twinning celebrates its 30th anniversary
The Orleans-Parakou association celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of the twinning between the two towns with enthusiasm and fervor. Parakou, in northern Benin, is the country's fourth-largest city, with a population of over 250,000.
There was a fashion show and performance on November 18, an exhibition of children's drawings at the Maison des Associations, and a conference at the Médiathèque on the restitution of cultural property to Benin.
To round off the week, an "Afternoon in Benin" was held at the Crij on Sunday. Adonis, a talented Beninese songwriter and composer, performed a number of danceable, upbeat tracks, and the audience took to the floor for a moment of improvised dancing.
Then the griot storyteller Le fils du soleil drew everyone into his fable Djagué le chasseur, the story of a lonely hunter in search of love. A delightful show lasting almost an hour, combining humor and philosophy, music and puppet theater. In addition to a culinary exhibition, the children were introduced to various African musical instruments, including the balafon and the djembe.